My purpose is to show all of the positive aspects of the sororities and fraternities here on Gannon’s campus. With so many lovely men and women, there are a lot of people to talk about.

This week, we meet Joel Martin, a brother of Pi Kappa Alpha. He has been a member of his fraternity for about three years. Joel is a criminal justice major who is set to graduate in May of 2019.

Since joining Pi Kappa Alpha, Joel has held the positions of new member education chair twice, athletic chair and special events chair.

When asked about how he as grown as a person due to his involvement with his fraternity, Joel shared with me, “I think being a member of the fraternity has helped me become a more well-rounded person. I am more comfortable in a leadership position. I have become more responsible. I have been introduced to a world much bigger than Erie, PA through the life experiences of others.”

Joel also felt comfortable enough to tell me about a big struggle he faced during his time in college and as a brother of Pi Kappa Alpha. Joel said, “My brothers are always there for me. When my mom, sister and brother moved to Florida, I decided to stay in Erie and finish my criminal justice degree at Gannon University. My brothers helped me adjust to living away from my family who was always here in Erie with me and the home that I grew up in.”

Thank you, Joel, for your time and telling us what Pi Kappa Alpha is about and has to offer to other students. Be sure to check back the first Friday of next semester, January 18th, 2019, to begin the school year and for another example of all the good things that Greek Life has to offer.